April 23, 2014 |
JOETTA JOHNSON hops in my car and points ahead. Drive, she says. We're going tire hunting. Johnson, for those of you who are new to this space, is one of the women of North Sydenham Street, a feisty group of we-will-not-be-ignoreds I wrote about when they diverted Mayor Nutter to their block to deal with a long list of long-standing issues. Their strategy mostly worked, except for Jenesta Jones still waiting for the city to seal the exterior wall she was left with after an adjoining home was taken down.
April 18, 2014 |
IN RESPONSE to a recent column about Gizmo Guy's gadget hoarding, readers shared stories and pictures about the old tech they can't give up. Each of them received an iTunes gift card for sharing their stories. Enjoy! Gordon Gelfond, Villanova: I love listening to the Phillies on my 1937 Airline radio that I bought at a flea market and had restored. It reminded me of our family radio when I was very young. We would sit in the living room, staring at the radio and using our imagination to visualize what we were hearing.
April 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The mean streets of Philadelphia? Do you mean the clean streets of Philadelphia? Nearly 20,000 volunteers joined in the seventh annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, organizers said. "We want to start off cleaning season with a bang," said Donald Carlton, deputy commissioner of the city's Streets Department. "We put our best foot forward. . . . We want to do something symbolic. " The symbolism included Mayor Nutter, officials from various sponsoring groups, and Connor Barwin, an outside linebacker for the Eagles.
February 14, 2014 |
FOR THE SECOND day in a row, Mayor Nutter closed city offices today as Winter Storm Pax continued to pummel the region overnight. The School District of Philadelphia, Archdiocesan schools and Philadelphia courts are also closed today. By last night, the storm had dropped more than 10 inches on Philadelphia and was expected to add additional layers of snow overnight, Nutter said. Last night, the National Weather Service forecasted an accumulation of two to four inches overnight in Philadelphia.
January 10, 2014 |
THE STREETS of Philadelphia are finally clear of snow and ice, but there's something else gumming up the gutters. Trash. And lots of it, in some of the city's more isolated areas. The recent "extreme low temperatures" caused delays in the Streets Department's trash-collection schedule, according to a news release from Mayor Nutter's office, leaving some city blocks cluttered. Residents are encouraged to keep bringing their trash to the curb on their normally scheduled pickup days even if previous piles haven't been cleared, a representative from Philly311 said yesterday.
September 24, 2013 |
Thousands of high school athletes across New Jersey are getting a new lesson in sportsmanship. Before every game this season, referees are briefing players on tough new rules that ban taunting and baiting that can escalate into hateful speech in the heat of competition. The rules also apply to fans in the stands. The new rules go beyond harmless trash-talking between rivals and target anyone who crosses the line with derogatory racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual slurs. New Jersey is believed to be the first state to implement strict guidelines to clean up school athletics by banning bias language and imposing penalties for violators.
September 13, 2013
BRIAN LINTON, 26, of Washington Square, is founder and president of United by Blue, an apparel company that designs, manufactures and sells men's and women's knit tees, messenger bags, jewelry and accessories. Linton, a Temple grad, is also a social entrepreneur. For every product United by Blue sells, it vows to remove a pound of trash from the world's oceans and waterways. United by Blue recently opened its flagship "cafe-and-clothier" store in Old City. Q: How did you come up with the idea for United by Blue?
September 12, 2013 |
I LOVE HOW my iPhone lets me shoot videos to share with friends. Or with city employees. Like the overworked ones in the city's Office of Property Assessment. They're so swamped, not one of them had time to visit James and Stephanie Griffin to confirm that they own a single-family home and not a multiunit apartment house. So I figured I'd use my iPhone to create a virtual tour of the Griffin home and share it with the assessors. Maybe it would convince them that the Griffins didn't deserve a lien on their house.
August 9, 2013 |
OFFICERS WHO visited a Logan home to deliver an arrest warrant yesterday morning found no working toilets, feces and trash strewn around, and other conditions so deplorable that they removed the three young girls who lived there. Several detectives went to the rowhouse on 9th Street near Rockland just after 9 a.m. to arrest a woman there for an unrelated domestic assault, police Capt. Jack Fleming said. But the home was so filthy that the officers alerted their supervisors, who called in special-victims investigators and the city's Department of Human Services.
July 9, 2013 |
New Jersey's new anti-bullying law has stepped onto the sports field, with the state's high school athletics association taking steps to clamp down on "trash-talking" that goes too far. The new rules have won national attention - and captured the talk-radio airwaves - with their requirements for referee warnings for any talk or gestures that demean fellow athletes, officials, or spectators, specifically citing those targeting race, ethnicity, religion,...